November 15, 2012 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Soo Eagles
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of October. The Combat Hockey NAHL Forward of the Month for October is Brandon Hawkins from the Texas Tornado. The Combat Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month for October is Cody Dixon from the Austin Bruins. The Brian's Custom Sports NAHL Goaltender of the Month for October is Tyler Marble from the Soo Eagles. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NAHL monthly awards.
Brian's Custom Sports NAHL Goaltender of the Month: Tyler Marble, Soo Eagles
Heading into November, the Soo Eagles find themselves in 2nd place in the North Division, just a single point out of 1st place. A direct result of them climbing the standings in October has been goaltender Tyler Marble, 20. The three-year NAHL veteran and Lake Superior State recruit had one of his best months since coming into the league back in 2009. In the month of October, the native of Howell, Michigan, posted a 4-0-1 record, with the lone blemish coming a shootout loss on the road in Johnstown. He faced 195 shots during the month and only have up eight goals, making 188 saves, which was good for a 96.4% save percentage. Marble (6'1/180) posted a 1.35 goals against average during the month, which included two shutouts. The first was a 30-save shutout on Oct. 20th in Johnstown. The second was a 44-save performance in a 4-0 shutout win in Michigan on Oct. 26th. Marble leads all NAHL goalies in save percentage with a 94.9% mark so far this season.
Eagles head coach Bruno Bragagnolo believes that Marble has been an essential piece of the puzzle to the Eagles recent success. "Because Tyler is a veteran guy, he has had a calming effect on the team. Our guys don't get nervous or play nervous when he is in goal. They know that he is back there to back them up if they make a mistake," said Bragagnolo. "I think he is in the unique situation of already having a college commitment, so I think he is out there to prove that he wants to be the top goalie in the league, but also wants to show the Lake Superior State coaches that he is improving each game and going to be a college-ready goalie when he arrives there next fall. He knows how to stop the puck, control the puck and play with confidence."
As for Marble, he is quick to give the credit of his recent success to his teammates. "We have a very skilled and talented group of players and once they had a chance to get a few games under their belt in September, they started to really play well as a group in October and made my job a lot easier," said Marble. "Right now my number one priority is helping this team win every night I am in goal. However, I know I have to maintain my focus and work hard if I want to continue that success at the next level with Lake Superior State. I think there are always parts of my game that could use some improvement, so I want to continue to try and improve on that. My experience with the Soo Eagles has been tremendous. We have a great fan base who are all very supportive. Coach Bragagnolo has a lot of confidence in me and I want to continue to stay mentally tough and continue to play consistent and confident."
Runner-Up: Paul Berrafato, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Kellenberger, Springfield Jr. Blues - Erick Majerle, Brookings Blizzard - Reid Mimmack, Jamestown Ironmen - Spencer Viele, Topeka RoadRunners.
Previous Winners: September 2012-Drew Weigman, Brookings Blizzard